Introduction

Aspire seems to be a company that does not mind marching to the beat of a different drummer. We have seen more boldly themed cases from Aspire than just about any other case manufacturer out there. This is not a bad thing at all though, as many, such as the X-Navigator we reviewed last year, actually represent a very good performance per dollar niche especially for the gamers out there.

Continuing in their tradition, Aspire has recently come up with a Micro-ATX form factor case dubbed the X-QPack, and let us be the first to tell you, this is by no means a case that only gamers should get interested in.

A quick search through your favorite engines on the web for "micro atx cases" will most likely yield droves of squatty-looking mid-towers with no real features separating them from their slightly-bigger mid-tower brothers. One has to wonder what the point is of getting a case that does not allow the use of larger motherboards if it really doesn't have much to offer over the nicer (not to mention only marginally bigger) mid-tower cases.

Well the X-QPack definitely aims to change all that. After a couple days of working with the unit, here is a brief summary of how we feel about the new chassis:

Aspire X-QPack

Included Features

- Excellent layout (good expansion)
- Removable motherboard tray
- LCD temperature monitor
- 420 watt power supply
- Good cooling design

Possible Improvement

- Rounded edges - Tool-Less Features (minor)


Much to gamers' delight everywhere the case comes in red, yellow, green, blue, and silver, and the model we received for review was of the blue variety.

More information on the X-QPack on Aspire's website.

External Design
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  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, July 04, 2005 - link

    Zepper: The fragbox is Falcon NW, not Alienware. It's based on a design from FIC as far as I know.

    Kristopher
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  • Zepper - Monday, July 04, 2005 - link

    The Aspire X-QPack is a variant of the Chenming 118 which I like better than the QPack as you can get it w/o any windows or with just one. It also has an interesting PSU in the Enermax 270W SFX mode - only 300W but 20A available on the +12V rail in a pinch. It's between that and the Enermax Venus series for my mATX builds. The supplied PSU should work well in most systems - but perhaps not in the freakazoid ones that many AT denizens seem to favor ;-) .

    A bit more FYI: Sony=LiteOn they are "technology partners" on optical drives as are NEC-Pioneer-Asus, Plextor-Sanyo, Hitachi-LGE (Goldstar), Toshiba-Samsung, Ricoh-AOpen and Philips-BenQ.


    #21 - Well then, it must be great that this case is micro ATX - the wave of the future... [rolling eyes]

    #28 - Micro-BTX - yes another doomed Intel "innovation". Putting the slots on the right and the PSU on the left - BFD. Anyhoo, newegg carries a couple of micro-BTX cases perhaps mobos too.

    #38 - The Silverstone sg01 is supposed to be based on the Alienware Fragbox which SST designed for Alienware. And it's just as overpriced ~$200 sans PSU. Sorry Charlie...

    #41 - It's not a PS/3 it's just a bit shorter than a normal ATX (the PS/3 is A LOT shorter than standard) - I believe the form factor is called "mini-ATX"

    #42 - It can hold a standard size ATX PSU but you should probably use a short chassis optical drive (as mentioned above) if you do go that route. In fact, the short chassis drives fit best in most mATX cases. There are other short chassis drives besides the LiteOn based ones.

    .bh.
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  • Tamale - Monday, July 04, 2005 - link

    in response to #40..

    my test unit was extremely sturdy.. I didn't find the back to be flimsy at all

    as far as all the harsh comments against the 420 watt power supply, I'd just like to remind you all that lots and lots of people are still using generic power supplies rated for much less than 420 watts... if people are getting by fine with power supplies like that, I'm pretty certain a 420 watt from aspire would serve you fine for just about everything you could cram in a computer this small

    I'll be taking a closer examination of all these power supplies as soon as I can...
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  • yacoub - Monday, July 04, 2005 - link

    Irrelevant. If it can't fit a real PSU made by a reputable name (Antec, Seasonic, or maybe Enermax), forget it. Reply
  • sprockkets - Sunday, July 03, 2005 - link

    That power supply appears to be a ps3 form factor. Like others said, if this is true, it's a full size atx power supply with low depth. They exisit, but are not popular. FSP makes a 250w model for $30. 420w is stretching it a bit as to what that thing can put out, but whatever. Reply
  • mindless1 - Sunday, July 03, 2005 - link

    I disagree about it being sturdy, the back in particular is necessarily flismy.

    Aspire is not a name to trust in power supplies either, this looks like another liability.

    I like the front bezel though and the general concept. If this were made in thicker aluminum and without power supply (or a Delta), I'd buy it.
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  • yacoub - Sunday, July 03, 2005 - link

    Well, let's see:

    *Be able to fit a full-size ATX PSU.
    *Get rid of the stupid lights/lighting.
    *Enough room to fit at least an XP-90 HSF setup

    Then I'd probably buy one.
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  • R3MF - Sunday, July 03, 2005 - link

    if you want a pretty mATX case then what you really want is this:
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-sg01.htm

    it would be a tempting prospect for me had i not just bought a shuttle.

    there are some okay nForce4 s939 boards available in mATX, but a manufacturer needs to make a high-end nForce4 Ultra/SLI mATX board.

    come on MSI...............
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  • sprockkets - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - link

    $188 for the case at newegg.com, that's like shuttle xpc expensive. Reply
  • Questioner - Sunday, July 03, 2005 - link

    For people who want to know what AMD mATX boards that are avaiable go to Newegg and choose socket 939 then mATX and it will show about 5 boards 1 being the Foxconn NF4 and the rest is Radeon Express boards, 1 from MSI, 1 from ECS, 2 from Jetway the only difference being that one has video memory on the motherboard, but the Jetways are from what I heard are very overclockable. The MSI and ECS board are the same except for different bios tweaks and the ECS is more overclock able than the MSI. For 754 boards there are 15 of them but they are only VIA and SIS chipset boards. Reply

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